>> oh, it's serious. i think it's a serious hurricane. it could get real dangerous in a hurry, so why take a chance? >> with the weather coming in, and the rain and the wind, it's not very conducive to, one, my fishing, and two, our children. so we just thought it was best to head on out. >> lehrer: ferry service to north carolina's ocracoke island stopped running this afternoon, and governor bev perdue said evacuating was clearly the smart choice. >> those evacuations are serious, and i live on the coast and when they tell you to get out, you really have to think... take that message seriously. the tourists are taking it seriously. the residents are not required to mandatorily evacuate, but many of them are in the process of evacuating, too. >> lehrer: by late today, warnings and watches extended from bogue inlet, north carolina, all the way to hull, massachusetts, including the islands of martha's vineyard and nantucket.